PHOTO ALBUM WALKTHROUGH PART II
I actually did it.
I finished my yearly photo album, and it’s only the third week of January. I did need to wait to get some larger photos printed but all in all, I’m pretty proud of myself. The turnaround time was pretty quick considering all that’s been going on.
You can see the first half of this album here.
This album was a satisfying outlet for me during maternity leave.
During my time spent away from baby, just for the sake of getting some air, I could stay close by without being overwhelmed by the separation. These instances were just enough time for me time to clear my head and be creative for a little while. Perfect distraction.
Creating spreads monthly was a perfect digestible amount even before I was home with my little one. It forces you to look at more impactful stories from the month versus the weekly approach in conventional Project Life memory keeping.
I WILL BE CREATING ANOTHER ALBUM LIKE THIS NEXT YEAR.
Through this process there were quite a few spreads in which I felt there wasn’t enough space. I needed multiple page protectors for almost every month this year. The album I used this year was 6 x 8 in so I’m going up a size for 2020. I hope it does the trick.
One of the Christmas gifts I received was this wooden keepsake box and it’s the perfect size for ephemera I collect. Throughout the month I store photographs, receipts, menus, brochures, stickers, and notes I want to keep land here.
I’ve been working from the box (similar here) first to embellish my spreads. This has been a great way to keep from keeping little scraps for too long.
It’s important to remember the frustrating points that usually arise when attempting to scrapbook memories. The best way to avoid them is to prepare for them ahead of time.
MY FRUSTRATION STEMS FROM KEEPING TOO MUCH JUNK AND NOT HAVING ENOUGH PLACES TO HOLD IT ALL. THE NEW CYCLE SHOULD ALLOW ME TO KEEP CLEARER STORAGE.
I also sometimes feel almost intimidated by a new blank spread (or even a new album), so this time, I am setting up a foundation for each month. This will give me a skeleton to work around.
How have you been memory keeping this year?